- Mathis Kaspar Stier bassoon
- Rie Akamatsu piano
Mathis Kaspar Stier
Since 2016, the 25-year-old Mathis Kaspar Stier is principal bassoonist for the WDR Symphony Orchestra. In 2019 he won the second prize as well as the audience award at the ARD International Music Competition. He is also the third prize winner of the Prague Spring International Competition 2014 and second prize winner of the Gillet-Fox-Competition 2014 at the International Double Reed Society in New York.
After being a junior student with Lyndon Watts, Mathis Kaspar Stier studied at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts Munich with Eberhard Marschall. In the course of this he was supported by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. Further musical impulses were given to him by Laurent Lefèvre, Daniele Damiano, Mor Biron and Sergio Azzolini; with the latter he completed his studies in 2018/19.
Already at the age of 16 he gave concerts as a soloist with the Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonic. Meanwhile he has performed as a soloist with the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice.
As an enthused chamber musician, Mathis Kaspar Stier has played with the Goldmund Quartet, the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin as well as regular concerts with colleagues of the WDR Symphony Orchestra. Furthermore he has received invitations to the Zermatt Music Festival in Switzerland, the Delta Chamber Music Festival in Spain as well as to the Fêtes Musicales de l’Aubrac in France.
Mathis Kaspar Stier was a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra as well as scholar of the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonics. He has helped out in several orchestras, such as the Berlin Philharmonics, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonics, the DR SymfoniOrkestret in Copenhagen and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.